Kelly mum on starter for Friday night
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Chip Kelly still hasn’t named a starter for Friday night’s season opener against the New England Patriots, and says whoever takes the first snap hasn’t been “anointed” anything.
Michael Vick and Nick Foles are continuing their training-camp competition for the starting job during joint practices against the Patriots this week. While New England is set at quarterback with two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady ahead of Ryan Mallet and Tim Tebow, the Eagles are still trying to figure out who will be their No. 1 guy.
Defensive end Tuck out with sore back
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants suddenly have added concern at defensive end.
With Jason Pierre-Paul still recovering from back surgery in early June, the Giants practiced Wednesday with fellow defensive end Justin Tuck sidelined by an undisclosed back problem.
“He’s got a tight back,” coach Tom Coughlin said after practice without being specific. “They’re just taking the precautions.”
Coughlin hopes that Tuck will be able to play in New York’s preseason opener at Pittsburgh on Saturday night, but added his condition needs to improve a little.
Bothered by a number of injuries, including a neck problem, Tuck had an offseason in 2012, finishing with four sacks and 55 tackles in 55 games. As the team’s defensive captain he took a lot of criticism when the Giants finished next to last in the league in defense.
CB Hayden out for season with leg injury
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Veteran Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after recently tearing his left hamstring in practice at Soldier Field.
Hayden will have surgery to repair the hamstring and will need six to eight months of rehab, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday. Hayden was injured in practice on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old Hayden has 12 career interceptions.
Second-year player Isaiah Frey will replace him in the nickel back spot in Friday’s preseason opener at Carolina. Frey, a sixth-round draft pick out of Nevada, has been one of the surprises of training camp with a handful of forced turnovers.
WR Mike Wallace returns to practice
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace returned to practice Wednesday after being sidelined more than a week by a groin injury, and he expects to play in Friday’s exhibition game at Jacksonville.
Wallace caught a long touchdown pass in practice from Ryan Tannehill, their first such connection in training camp.
“Finally got one,” Wallace said. “It’s just the start. I plan on catching a lot of those. It’s just a matter of time. Be patient. It’s going to happen.”
He became the Dolphins’ highest-paid player when he signed $60 million, five-year contract in March after four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Miami wideouts caught only three TD passes last year.